New Delhi: The people of the country are waiting with bated breath to find out which party or coalition will come to power and who will be the next prime minister.
The counting of votes will begin at 8:00 am sharp – electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be opened up for 542 parliamentary constituencies where voting was held. Polling in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore was cancelled due to the huge seizure of cash from a contestant.
On Thursday, as the votes are counted, the fate of more than 8,000 candidates will be known. When the votes are taken up for counting tomorrow, postal ballots would be counted first.
While the picture normally becomes clear by late afternoon, this time the results are expected only by late evening. This is because VVPAT (voter verified paper audit trail) slips will have to be tallied with EVMs.